LIMERICK’S newest school, which is set to open officially in September next year, has seen its library extended and is now the only one in the region that can boast a full-time Junior Cert School Programme librarian on its staff.
Thomond Community College, a new secondary school entity amalgamating St Nessan’s Community College and Salesian Secondary School, will open its doors for the next academic year. However, a new intake of first year students from Salesians has already started in the school this September, which is located on the St Nessan’s campus in Moylish.
Education minister Jan O’Sullivan was in St Nessan’s to open the library extension on Friday. The 50% increase in floor-space was commissioned following the agreement to transfer the Junior Cert School Programme (JCSP) librarian from St Enda’s Community School, which closed recently.
Thomond Community College was successful in its bid to host the library over a number of other Limerick schools who bid for the facility and is one of only 30 such libraries in the country under the JCSP project.
“It really is great to read, to lose yourself, learn things and get into a world that someone has created for you. You are very lucky to be the school that has won out, to follow in the footsteps of St. Enda’s. This is an excellent project and one that will make a difference to your education,” said Minister O’Sullivan of the library, which is already up and running in St Nessan’s.
St Nessan’s principal Eugene O’Brien said the library was “not a silent empty place but rather a vibrant active learning space at the heart of the school.
“It is indicative of the energy that will be synonymous with Thomond Community College,” he added.